The Simpsons

Saddlesore Galactica

Season 11, Ep 13, Aired 2/6/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Springfield Elementary sends its band to the state fair. When the Simpsons get there, Homer basks in the great sounds of Bachman Turner Overdrive. Lisa seeks justice from on high when their school band loses in competition to another band that does the same tired old school band classic, "Stars and Stripes Forever" and their band does James Brown's "Living in America." so she writes a letter to President Clinton. What does the family after the competition, why they would watch a horse named Duncan dive from a platform. When the owner abandons him, Homer takes the horse home. The Comic Book Guy mentions that this plot has happened previously, but the Simpson family takes the horse home anyway. Homer tries to figure out a way to exploit Duncan. They enter him in a horse race with Bart as his jockey. The horse seemingly has no chance and he finishes last. Homer decides to give him a makeover and Duncan gets a bad-ass gimmick. He becomes Furious D. Marge starts developing a gambling problem, prompting Comic Book Guy to remember another classic episode. Furious D starts winning every race. The jockeys abduct Homer and reveal that they are evil trolls. They threaten him, so Homer has to throw the big race. Furious D wins anyway, and the jockeys come to kill the Simpson family. Homer beats them all by outsmarting them. To round out the "worst episode ever," President Clinton visits Lisa to tell her that he overturned the decision at the state fair.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Julie Kavner

    Marge Simpson, Patty Bouvier, and Selma Bouvier

  • Harry Shearer

    Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Waylon Smithers, Kent Brockman, and others

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Homer Simpson, Grampa Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, and others

  • Nancy Cartwright

    Bart Simpson, Nelson Muntz, Ralph Wiggum, Todd Flanders, and others

  • Yeardley Smith

    Lisa Simpson

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Assured. Insane. Redundant. Yet..... Funny!

    By TheCritter, May 05, 2014

  • Quite possibly the worst half hour in animation.

    By OneSmallTree, Mar 28, 2009

  • Agreed with Comic Book Guy as "Worst Episode Ever". What were the writers thinking when they vomited out this creation? I guess seeing the amount of episodes, it was inevitable there would be one that was absolutely painful to watch.

    By Ssnoballtwo, Dec 05, 2007

  • Jockey Elves!

    By futuramarama, Nov 14, 2009

  • Homer and Bart raise a championship winning race horse.

    By Hornets3, Aug 02, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Homer: (After being kicked out of Jockey Town) Did that really happen? Or was it all just a wonderful dream? Jockey: No dream. Lose the race, Fat Boy.

    • Homer: He better win, because if he doesn't, it's a trip to the glue factory. And he isn't coming! Lenny: It's a brilliant tour, but you can't see it all in one day.

    • Bill Clinton: Thank you, Lisa, for teaching kids everywhere a valuable lesson: If things don't go your way, just keep complaining until your dreams come true. Marge: That's a pretty lousy lesson. Bill Clinton: Hey, I'm a pretty lousy president.

    • Lisa: Mom, I think you might be developing a gambling problem. Comic Book Guy: Hey, I'm watching you.

    • Lisa: I can't believe those idiot judges were impressed by glowing plastic tubes. Homer: Look Lisa! It glows. Ooooh!

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    Notes (2)

    • During this episode Comic Book Guy repeatedly complains about its lack of originality. The first instance is when he remarks "I believe this family already had a horse", a reference to the episode "Lisa's Pony". The second instance is during the scene when Marge has placed multiple bets and Lisa tells her that she might be developing a gambling problem and Comic Book Guy appears and says "I'm watching you," the family already addressed Marge's gambling problem in the episode "$pringfield (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Love Legalized Gambling)."

    • Blackboard Joke: Substitute teachers are not scabs. Couch Gag: The family are karate students who chop the couch to pieces while sensei Homer strikes a karate pose and uses the remote to turn the TV on.

    Trivia (6)

    • A sign a Springfield Downs says "Now with E-Z tear-up tickets."

    • From the beginning of the episode the Jockeys’ ears are normal- but later on, when they take off their helmets- the ears change to spiky.

    • Furious D's 5 painted on the side sometimes disappear.

    • According to the track announcer, the Springfield Derby is the fifth and penultimate duel of horse racing's Triple Crown.

    • Did you notice, throughout this episode, Maggie is completely MIA?

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    Allusions (9)

    • Furious D The name Furious D is taken from the rock band Tenacious D.

    • The episode title references Battlestar Galactica.

    • The tree in the jockey’s underground lair looks similar to the Keebler Elves’ hollow tree.

    • Fair Guy: Looks like Duncan wants to dive again! In the 1991 Disney film Wild Hearts Can't be Broken, Sonora Webster dives horses off of a platform, which is similar to Duncan being pushed off the edge of the platform when the Simpsons first find him.

    • Homer claims that he has learned everything he needs to know about horse training, which includes seducing lonely women, from the Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas film The Horse Whisperer.

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